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John Byrne

Imaginary X-Man

Joined: 11 May 2005
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Posted: 12 October 2015 at 5:31am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Chatting with buddy (and Forum member) Paul Gibney the other day, and he said he thought the face on this piece was very "Seventies." Looking, he meant, much like the faces I drew back when I was getting into The Biz.

Which only makes sense, of course. As I worked on this piece, I had my Neal Adams WITCHING HOUR page at my elbow, for reference, and I could not help but channel Neal a little bit, just as I was trying so hard to do back when my career was starting.

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Michael Penn
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Joined: 12 April 2006
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Posted: 12 October 2015 at 6:41am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

If the fire's out, it's out. One has not choice but to and of course should respect that.

But this is what makes me so very sad...


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Plus they let me play in "universes" that no longer exist.


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Philippe Pinoli
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Joined: 03 September 2004
Location: France
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Posted: 12 October 2015 at 6:43am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

"Chatting with buddy (and Forum member) Paul Gibney the other day, and he said he thought the face on this piece was very "Seventies." Looking, he meant, much like the faces I drew back when I was getting into The Biz."

Exactly what I noticed and was about to say : the cheeks are very  Doomsday+1like !
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Rick Senger
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Joined: 16 April 2004
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Posted: 12 October 2015 at 8:17am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Beautiful commission.
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Robert Shepherd
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Joined: 30 March 2014
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Posted: 12 October 2015 at 3:42pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Funniest commission title ever.
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Didier Yvon Paul Fayolle
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Joined: 25 January 2005
Location: Hong Kong
Posts: 5193
Posted: 12 October 2015 at 8:32pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Very nice !
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Mike Baswell
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Joined: 02 May 2004
Location: United States
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Posted: 12 October 2015 at 8:47pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

JB wrote: "The reality is, after forty years, the fire has gone out. When it comes to drawing little pictures in little boxes, nothing really calls to me any more. The commission pieces satisfy the artist in me much more, now, than comics. Plus they let me play in "universes" that no longer exist. And let's face it, creator-owned projects notwithstanding, the sheer joy of comics, for me, was being able to play with those wonderful toys that had entertained me as a child."

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If that fire does indeed remain extinguished, I just want to say Thank You for the 40 years of memories and enjoyment it provided. I can look back directly to that old copy of Doomsday +1 that I found when it was new and say that was my introduction to comic books and being impressed with a particular art style. I've bought hundreds of other comics through the years and become a fan of dozens more artists in that time, but as I became aware of the names of the creators, there has always been one I've sought out over all others.
I know we've butted-heads here on occasion, usually because I've phrased what was meant to be a compliment improperly, or not made the context of a statement clear or some other misunderstanding, but I have been and always will be a fan and admirer. And I mean that sincerely.
From that first Doomsday +1, through the X-Men, Fantastic Four, She-Hulk, Superman, OMAC, Next Men and everything else, thank you for drawing those pictures in those boxes and in many cases filling them with words as well. And if Star Trek New Visions is to be it for the foreseeable future,then Thank You again for making the Star Trek that I grew up with and the one that I love live again.
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John Byrne

Imaginary X-Man

Joined: 11 May 2005
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Posted: 12 October 2015 at 8:55pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Thanks. Good to see some people GET it. (Meanwhile, the "John Byrne Draws" site, while continuing to ignore our Forum Decorum, took less than a day to wring a Big Bad Byrne story out of this.)
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Brennan Voboril
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Joined: 15 January 2011
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Posted: 13 October 2015 at 12:12pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Yeah, feel the same way as Mike.  I can't think of a single creator - with the except of Kirby - who's work I have gone back to as many times.  Thanks for all the memories. 
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Gundars Berzins
Byrne Robotics Member


Joined: 14 March 2012
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Posted: 13 October 2015 at 12:59pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Stunning commission JB. You sure nailed the horror vibe.
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Robert Shepherd
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Posted: 13 October 2015 at 11:00pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

(Meanwhile, the "John Byrne Draws" site, while continuing to ignore our Forum Decorum, took less than a day to wring a Big Bad Byrne story out of this.)

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Obviously every JB fan would love to see some new story work. But we are not entitled to one damn thing. You don't owe us anything.

40 years doing comics is a staggering number. I'd like to see the writer of John Byrne Draws do ANYTHING for 40 years....and not feel the need to step away once in awhile.

If you you ever work on more comics, I'll be there. But in the meantime I am so glad (and lucky) you post your commissions for all to enjoy.


Edited by Robert Shepherd on 13 October 2015 at 11:06pm
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Eric Smearman
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Joined: 02 September 2006
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Posted: 13 October 2015 at 11:37pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

JB, I know you say you drew from Neal Adams' Cynthia, but I'm seeing
some Frank Thorne in this drawing. Not sure I can put my finger on
why. Beautiful work, either way!
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